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  1. Wen Jiabao: Populist trapped in a rigid political system

    Posted Oct 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... Ting Shi Premier Wen Jiabao is the new poster boy of Chinese politics. The least wooden of the otherwise universally poker-faced top communist leaders, the poetry-loving, baseball-tossing ... on the nation to treat those affected with 'care and love'. 'I'm sure Wen goes home crying every night,' veteran New Jersey-based China watcher Gordon Chang said. 'This ...

  2. Market forces: 1 Wen Jiabao: 0

    Posted Nov 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland China's leaders are discovering the hard way that they cannot buck market forces. Just last Wednesday, in a bid to hold down inflation, Premier Wen Jiabao pledged ... Mr Wen's promise, the National Development and Reform Commission jacked up petrol and diesel prices by almost 10 per cent. There was not much of a choice. Beijing has long controlled ...

  3. Agenda

    Posted Mar 16th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... TODAY 10am NPC closing ceremony. 11am Premier Wen Jiabao to meet the press. ...

  4. Wen to strengthen air and energy links on Russia trip

    Posted Oct 17th 2007, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man in Moscow Premier Wen Jiabao will strengthen air links as well as oil, gas and nuclear energy ties with Russia during a visit next month. Mr Wen's visit is scheduled for the first week of November, a representative from the Chinese embassy in Moscow said yesterday. The premier will lead a high-level delegation. On November 5 or 6, Mr Wen will meet his counterpart ...

  5. Paying the price for dealing in death

    Posted Jul 18th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of crackdowns on illegal kilns in Linfen and Yuncheng . June 15 President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao order an investigation into the scandal. June 16 Kiln foreman Heng Tinghan is arrested in Hubei after fleeing raids at the end of May. June 20 Mr Wen heads a meeting in which he pledges to crack down on illegal kilns, rescue slaves and protect workers' rights. July 5 160 suspected ...

  6. Premier recalls mercy shown in a cruel war

    Posted Apr 13th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Premier Wen Jiabao recounted stories yesterday of Japanese orphans being taken in by Chinese families during the second world war to underline the more positive aspects of Sino-Japanese history and to demonstrate that China was sincere about reconciling with Japan. 'We should learn and remember historical lessons from the past unfortunate years,' Mr Wen told the Diet, ...

  7. Wen scores another hit as his star-gazing poem becomes a song

    Posted Oct 13th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Premier Wen Jiabao's star-gazing poetry has been turned into a song ahead of the Communist Party's 17th National Congress, which opens on Monday. The song, based ... Wen's poetry, rhymed in contemporary Chinese, because it conveyed lofty ideals such as truth, freedom, justice, hope and glory. Mr Wen, known for his mild-mannered and sometimes poetic style, ...

  8. Wen promises to halt price rises

    Posted Nov 13th 2007, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li Premier Wen Jiabao has pledged to increase food production as part of government efforts to bring down prices that have worsened the hardship of many low-income families this year. During visits to underprivileged families in Beijing yesterday, Mr Wen also vowed to crack down on food hoarding and profiteering by some food manufacturers and distributors. He chatted ...

  9. Wen will be judged by results on economy

    Posted Nov 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... It is highly unusual for a top state leader to launch an aggressive defence of the central government's macroeconomic policies; even rarer for the usually mild-mannered Premier Wen Jiabao to do so at an impromptu interview with reporters. Yet this was what he did on Tuesday during a state visit to Moscow. Significantly, he chose to do so less than three weeks after the 17th ...

  10. Wen right to worry about stock prices

    Posted Nov 21st 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Speaking in Singapore on Monday, Premier Wen Jiabao acknowledged the danger posed by overly-inflated mainland share prices. 'If the bubble bursts it will hurt China's economy,' he was quoted as saying. With Shanghai's A-share index now down 14 per cent from its mid-October peak (see chart), Mr Wen's concerns are understandable. Traditionally, a market ...




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